Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Clarks Desert Trek

If I buy something and it exceeds all of my expectations I'll often times circle back and get more because, in my own compulsive fashion, I crave both simplicity and variety. I waited a while to get these shoes because my lovely wife thought they looked like whaling boots. I finally got a pair of the Clarks Desert Trek beeswax leather about a year ago now and currently they're the most comfy pair of shoes I've ever owned. I almost wish I didn't wait so long. I usually like to rotate my kicks so that I'm not wearing any given pair more than twice a week but with these I find that I'm often wearing them every other day. So yeah it's time to pick out another color. The classic retro style makes them perfect for jeans and casual pants and the distinctive center seam and two-eye ankle silhouette really adds a timeless touch for those who notices subtle details.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Screenshots from Star Trek HD Trailer

I haven't been much of a trekkie since DS9 and Voyager and the slow transition over to longer story arcs that I had a hard time following till I lost interest. But I've downloaded the HD version of the Star Trek trailer and am stoked to see the new film. The images in it are like something out of my childhood wet dream and also this might just be the shutterbug in me but I love all of the flare and lens artifacts that's occurring in all of the battle scenes as if someone took an IMAX camera with them to film an actual interstellar space battle.

Click on the images for the full frame stills.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I'm Good I'm Gone

Youth Novels has been on constant rotation at work and car. This acoustic rendition of I'm Good I'm Gone is simply fantastic.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Waterfield Vertigo and Sleeve Case for the MacBook Pro

I've been on the market for a laptop carry case for my work provided portable, a 17" MacBook Pro, and after looking at all of the available alternatives have decided to come back again to WaterField's Bags. Based out of San Fransisco, these bags are virtually indestructible, I've been using the SleeveCase since 2002 and they've usually outlasted the laptops they carry. What I like best is that WaterField offers a modular approach to carrying your gear, with stand alone laptop sleeves that you can insert into another bag or carry by itself.

The VertiGo bag is a very smart solution for anyone who lugs around a widescreen 15-17" portable, since it allows you to carry the laptop vertically. I've carried one for about two years now and haven't come across anything that comes close. Made out of black ballistic nylon, the bags are very rugged but have thoughtful touches such as gold colored liners on the inside compartments to help illuminate the contents when you open the cases.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Food Chain Friends

Teach your little ones about the circle of life in a way that would make Mufasa proud. These stuffed animals available from FAO Schwarz illustrates how food chains work in a fun, whimsical, hopelessly childlike manner. I simply adore the takeaway description from the website; "They're friends. They eat each other. It's a complicated relationship!"

Also be sure to check out the Alpha Version.

Target Digital Camera Gift Card

The Target Digital Camera GiftCard
is probably the coolest gift card I have seen yet. In addition to loading it up with $50.00 - $1000.00 you can snap digital pics with it. The specs are a little lo-tech (1.2 Megapixel, 8 MB storage) but it's a pretty nifty concept.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Bathys Benthic

I've been a fan of Bathys Watches for a while, designed in Hawaii but manufactured in Switzerland, they offer an interesting take on dive watches. Last year I got the 100 Fathom Ultraviolet PVD with Ruthenium Grey Dial and it's been a pretty versatile daily wear timepiece. The recently released Benthic from Bathys Hawaii has really caught my eye. It has the same legible dial design as the 100 Fathom but has a unidirectional bezel. At 44 mm it's a little on the big size but I'm really in love with the mother of pearl finish on this one, plus the black on black finish is quite fetching.

Pico Pocket Projector

Someone giving an impromptu multimedia demonstration off of their iPod, iPhone or BlackBerry is cool the first few times you see it. But squinting at a two inch screen isn't much of a closer. Up the ante with this cool pocket projector from Optoma, connects to most mobile devices, weighs only 4 ounces with battery and can project an image size up to 60 inches on virtually any surface. For $430 it's a sleek little presentation device.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics

Above is one of my most beloved animated shorts of all time. It was kind of an obscure one-off, so growing up, Channel 26 in Houston would just sneak it in with the Tom and Jerry half hour once or twice a year. Growing up I would try to describe it to friends and family but no one ever knew what I was talking about. I probably sounded like a crazy person. Well I'm not, it exists, here's proof, I wish I still kept in touch with all of my childhood friends so I can send them a link. To the vector goes the spoils.

Don Draper's Guide to Picking Up Women

You too can be like Don Draper.

Anyone who has known me for the past year knows I've been raving about the show Mad Men. Above is my favorite SNL skit from a couple of weeks ago that breaks down the some of the main protagonist's mystique. It's so spot on, it's scary. Steps 1 & 2 are no brainers but Step number 4 is priceless.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Friend Wheel

I've been going through my facebook profile deleting a bunch of useless apps that were cluttering my profile page. Friend Wheel from Thomas Fletcher is one of the few I decided to keep. I'm a huge fan of visualizers and this one maps out your social network and how they are connected to each other. Malcom Gladwell would be proud.